OST Full Show: Courts During Coronavirus; Remembering Little Richard; Bettye Kearse

While segments of Georgia’s economy have re-opened, last week Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton extended the judicial emergency for the state’s courts until June 12. Some court procedures have been held on Zoom since shelter-in-place orders began in mid-March.

On Second Thought explored the impact of coronavirus on the courts — as well as the implications for the pending case on the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.


Tributes have poured in from around the world since the death of Little Richard last Saturday at age 87. His influence crossed decades and borders, but he was beloved as one of Georgia’s own, always proudly proclaiming his hometown in Macon.

RELATED: Macon Remembers Hometown Music Icon Little Richard

Dr. Stephen Valdez, associate professor of music at the University of Georgia, shared more about the music legend’s impact on rock ‘n’ roll. Then, for a more personal reflection, On Second Thought turned to another Macon music legend and long-time friend of Little Richard: music manager and publisher Alan Walden.

Author Bettye Kearse joined Virginia Prescott for one of the Atlanta History Center’s virtual author talks. Hear their conversation about her new book, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family, which attempts to trace the stories that she heard growing up: that she was a descendant of President James Madison and African slaves.

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